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Pop & Locke

Political ideas meet pop culture. Hosted by Landry Ayres and Natalie Dowzicky. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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They Live

The narrative of They Live follows the social-democratic political story described by George Monbiot in his book Out of the Wreckage. This story explains how the world fell into disorder as a result of the self-seeking behavior of the unrestrained elite. Julian Sachez & Jesse Walker join the show to discuss how John Carpenter’s underrated sci-fi horror movie, They Live, did more than skewer yuppies — it gave us the last word on the Reagan era. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

53mins

28 Apr 2021

Rank #1

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Idiocracy

Idiocracy centers an extremely average Army librarian who wakes up from a centuries-long cryogenic sleep to find that America has gone to seed, with all intelligence bred out of society and the most loudmouth and insipid elements ‎now dominating. A former pro wrestler with rage issues and particularly inane tendencies is now the president. Originally released in 2006, this film is perhaps more politically timely today than it was 15 years ago.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

14 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Wandavision

A sitcom with two Avengers living out their best suburban lives, what could be better? But we all know by now that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's always a catch. We discuss what could be next for Scarlet Witch and whether or not Wanda is redeemable after her mind control run amok throughout Wandavision.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

31 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Firefly

In the year 2157, on the outskirts of the system, far from alliance control, nine people look into the blackness of space and see nine different things. Joining us today are three people who see three different things in Joss Whedon’s cult classic series, Firefly, including; Julian Sanchez, Trevor Burrus, & Jennifer Huddleston.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

52mins

17 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer from Harvard when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non‐profit law firm in Alabama, dedicated to defending the poor, the incarcerated, and the wrongly condemned. One of Stevenson’s first clients was Walter McMillian, a Black man who was sentenced to die for the murder of a young white woman that he didn’t commit. With Michael B. Jordan portraying Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian, our movie in focus today, Just Mercy, tells a heartbreaking story of how the US justice system carries out the death penalty.How has society changed its' views on the death penalty? How has the work of the Equal Justice Initiative helped inmates on death row? How does our criminal justice system treat death penalty cases? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

3 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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Mad Max: Fury Road

In a post‐​apocalyptic wasteland, Furiosa rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her lost homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max. This movie has been hailed as the ultimate feminist action movie, but does it deserve that accreditation? Kat Murti & Lester Romero help us unpack all of the action we witnessed on the Fury Road. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

45mins

17 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic adventure based on the novels written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Set in Middle‐​earth, the story follows the young Hobbit, Frodo Baggins, as he and the Fellowship embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, to ensure the destruction of the Dark Lord Sauron. What is the Lord of the Rings story actually about? And, why is it so popular? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54mins

3 Feb 2021

Rank #7

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Wonder Woman 1984

After months of delay, Wonder Woman 1984 was finally released on HBO Max in addition to select theaters. There was plenty of anticipation for the sequel, but ultimately it was less than impressive. With a wishing stone, the introduction of the villain Cheetah, and the return of Steve Trevor the movie jumped around leaving the audience confused. With a third movie already approved, we hope director Patty Jenkins can learn from some of her mistakes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

43mins

20 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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The Mandalorian

Michael Cannon, Stephen Kent, Pat Eddington, and Nick Armstrong join the show to discuss how The Mandalorian focused on character development. The show has let us discover much more of the galaxy and introduces even more opportunities for story-telling. Ultimately the show is about the travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

57mins

6 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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M*A*S*H

There was one TV show that was able to show the horrors of war, incisively critique it, but still inspire compassion for those affected by it. M*A*S*H creators understood the power of comedy to hit just the right laughable notes between moment of introspection. Throughout this special episode of Pop & Locke we ask Mike Farrell, who plays BJ Hunnicutt on the show, about his time with the cast and how he was inspired to create his character. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

23 Dec 2020

Rank #10